Admittedly, I am an impatient person. And there are few things in life that rouse my impatience more than a slow computer (other than driving). I am also a business owner, so for me and other business owners, a slow computer can cost both time and money.
How to Live Without Google
I came across an interesting article from the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers — thank them for standardizing Wi-Fi and many other computer/electronics related things) about 2 years ago. The article featured a guy who chose to live “Google-free” and sever all his ties with the company, not because he had anything in particular against the search engine giant; he just wanted to see if he could do it.
The History of Google
The company had a modest beginning in the 1990′s with the now famous search engine.
Since then, they have went public and diversified themselves by creating a browser, a cloud based rival to MS Office (Google Docs), Gmail, an operating system for smart phones & tablets, a pair of glasses where one can walk around and record other people without their consent (there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen!) with Google Glass, and many other things.
Personally, I used their search all the time, until I came to the realization that they are not making my job of getting my website found any easier (they recently stopped releasing keyword data, unless of course, you run paid ads).
It wasn’t the fact that they’ve recently been scrutinized for providing data to certain government factions (who else will they provide your data to?), it wasn’t the fact that every time I’ve tried their pay per click (PPC) ads I blew lots of money WAY to fast and got nothing in return.
Nor was it their myriad of animal-named search algorithm updates that seemed to do more harm than good to many legitimate websites.
They just made it really darn hard (or very expensive) for many small websites to compete and be found online. But should we expect anything less from a for-profit company? Guess not.
Not like having one organization completely dominate the Web and search was ever a good idea anyway; but enough of my rant.
Anyway, love the Big-G or hate ’em, here are a few reasons why one should at least entertain the idea of quitting Google cold-turkey.
Reasons to Go Google-Free [Read more…]
As you may or may not know, I run a computer repair and consulting company in my local area in addition to the Computer Repair Company In a Box website.
A while ago, I produced a video titled “Computer Repair is a Rip Off.” You can view it on my YouTube channel here .
Ever hear the old adage the best things in life are free?
How To Test Your Internet Connection Speed
Check out the short video below to see how this simple bandwidth test is done.